What makes Nashville a place people want to live?

I read a stat that Nashville grows by 80 people a day. Of all the stats I read on a daily basis, this one stuck with me—Chicago only grew by 82 people in all of last year!

The Nashville region is expected to grow by almost 40 percent over the next 15 years, adding roughly 500,000 people. Cranes are everywhere in Nashville, and with few reliable transit options, so are cars.

So what makes Nashville a place people want to live?

I went to Nashville, talked to local leaders, dined in its hip new restaurants, ate delicious popsicles and spent lots of time in Uber to find out what makes Nashville so great.

The first thing I noticed about Nashville was cranes. They are everywhere. More than 100 new projects—$2 billion in development—are being constructed in Nashville. I counted six in a few-block area of the Gulch neighborhood, adjacent to downtown Nashville and Music Row, alone. The second most noticeable thing about Nashville? Cars. There are almost no transportation options other than driving.

Overall my research points to seven reasons Nashville has nbecome so popular, but also cautions that sustainability is a real concern and could stymie future growth.

Reasons Nashville is growing
1. Low cost of living
2. Families
3. Less stress
4. Jobs
5. Government efficiency
6. Planning
7. Culture

Issues it must address: Transportation and Affordable Housing

What makes Nashville an attractive place?

1. Low cost of living
A cost of living comparison offers the first glimpse of why Nashville is an attractive option for people. Housing is less expensive in Nashville. Add to that the fact that annual expenses for a family of four are roughly $15,000 cheaper. And Tennessee’s per capita taxes are some of the lowest in the country. With no state income tax, combined state and local per capita tax burden is only $2,777 in Tennessee.

2. It’s good for families
Between 2009 and 2014 Nashville grew by 41,000 people or about 17,000 households.

3. Stress—less of it

Also on par with the low cost of living that makes Nashville an attractive place is a few phrases that kept coming up in my conversations—Nashville “is easy” or “simple” and “a less stressful place to live.” In a comparison of the most stressed-out cities, Nashville is 33rd. While sitting at Barista Parlor Golden Sound, a coffee house located in an old recording studio in the Gulch neighborhood, I overheard a conversation that sums up that sentiment. A woman in her 20’s was visiting from New York City and talking on the phone about a potential move to Nashville. Her reason? I can work anywhere, why am I killing myself trying to pay rent in NYC when there are cool things in Nashville and it’s so much cheaper? She went on to say “I don’t have a desire to leave New York, I have a desire to not have a heart attack by the time I’m 30.” And the clincher: “I have another friend moving here from San Francisco and can rent a beautiful one-bedroom loft overlooking downtown Nashville and be less stressed.”

4. Jobs
Named one of Gallop’s top five cities for job growth, over the past decade Nashville grew nine times more jobs than Chicago as a percent of total jobs. Taxes and the regulatory environment could play a role in that growth—Tennessee’s corporate income tax rate is 6.5 percent, compared to Illinois’ combined 9.5 percent. Tennessee’s business tax climate is ranked 15th. There’s also no personal income tax.

5. Government Efficiency
With no state income tax, combined state and local per capita tax burden is only $2,777 in Tennessee compared to $4,658 in Illinois.

A universal theme I heard attributed to Nashville’s growth is that the city “removes hurdles to make it happen.” One of these hurdles is layers of government. Businesses have said they located in Nashville because there were less layers of government to deal with in the region and, whether or not the reality, Nashville was perceived as an easier place to do business. For example, a call center was awarded a building permit in one day.

The city of Nashville and Davidson County have one, consolidated government, Metro. Assessment of that shift found the consolidated government did improve efficiency and slowed down the increase in government expenditures per capita, suggesting that the metropolitan government was doing more with its resources. Surveys of residents found that people were very satisfied with the consolidation.

6. Planning

Nashville’s Belmont neighborhood: A Nashville Next plan goal is to make Nashville more walkable and less car dependent.

Nashville recently adopted Nashville Next, a comprehensive plan that will guide the city’s growth for the next 25 years. Adopted on June 22, 2015, after three years of community engagement involving more than 18,500 participants, The plan is “…a strategy for what the city should do. Where to build homes — and what kind. How to improve transportation. And the best ways to spend city tax dollars.” There is an overall consensus on focused development downtown. The plan’s four strategies are:

1. Create more walkable centers
2. Create opportunity through abundant housing
3. Build a high-capacity transit system and
4. Increase the community’s resiliency

In creating the four strategies, planners considered changes in demographic trends, poverty and environment, and aligned those trends with the plan’s goals. For example, Nashville will have an older population with the aging of the Baby Boomer generation and a younger Millennial generation, both of whom will want smaller, attached homes rather than homes on large single-family lots. Further, demographic trends “…point toward a future where demand for walkable neighborhoods outstrips the supply…”

Nashville Next has a preferred future shaped by six factors:

1. Protection of sensitive environmental features
2. A complete transit network
3. Household affordability across income levels
4. Focus on activity centers—places with transportation access, abundant housing and amenities
5. Strategic infill that supports transit lines and activity centers
6. Protection and enhancement of the character of different parts of the county. The plan goals include:

Develop standards that guide the design, location and construction of affordable housing across all neighborhoods.
Target infill development along mobility corridors to provide more housing choices that support walking and transit use and to transition gracefully between residential neighborhoods and more intense mixed use and commercial centers and corridors.
Ensure jobs, education and training opportunities are located close to transit service, in centers or in high-need areas.

Development in Nashville’s Gulch neighborhood.

These goals will guide how the Metro government regulates land use, zoning and other development decisions as well as capital spending through policy maps. The policy maps give geographic guidance for decision-making, such as priorities for transit or new greenways. Progress will be tracked annually.

7. Culture

Nashville has many of those amenities for a mid-size city. Its restaurant scene is, “…growing exponentially” and a new $623 million downtown convention center complex “…is demonstrating that the center of gravity is now moving downtown.” Nashville has Tennessee Preforming Arts Center featuring many Broadway shows, Opera, Museums and MUSIC!

And this may be anecdotal, but more than one person (and many Uber drivers) told me that Nashville’s growth is due to the TV show Nashville, Taylor Swift making country music more mainstream and Jack White.

By Chrissy Mancini Nichols
October 21, 2015



1823 Bronwyn Court
Brentwood, TN. 37027

Zoned for Ravenwood High School

Call for a private showing…390-0888

Reasoning of Williamson County Schools 4/7/2014

Williamson County Schools Policy Committee met Monday evening with the full Board of Education to discuss zoning for the county’s newest schools planned for York Road: Mill Creek Elementary, Mill Creek Middle and Nolensville High.

To see proposed zone lines for new Nolensville schools, click here.
Superintendent of Schools Mike Looney provided renderings of the zoning boundaries, projected enrollment numbers and affected neighborhoods during the special-called work session.

Subdivisions north of Rocky Fork Road will remain zoned for Nolensville Elementary.

Mill Creek Elementary is expected to open in fall 2016 with a projected 459 students, with 589 in Nolensville Elementary and 636 in Sunset Elementary. Mill Creek’s capacity is about 800 students.

An expected 131 students will be moved from Sunset Elementary into Nolensville Elementary from Concord Forest, Catalina and Brittain Downs subdivisions. All students from the three neighborhoods will be rezoned; the neighborhoods are not split.

A projected 171 students will be rezoned from Sunset Middle to Mill Creek Middle, which shares a campus with Mill Creek Elementary.

Sunset Middle is proposed as a split middle feeder with approximately 65 percent zoned for Ravenwood and 35 percent to Nolensville High.

Mill Creek Middle will open with an expected 494 students, leaving 339 in Sunset Middle. Mill Creek’s capacity will be approximately 800 students.

Ravenwood High enrollment is expected to decrease from 2,044 to 1,545 students the first year of Nolensville High’s opening in fall 2016.

Nolensville High will open with freshmen and sophomore classes only and a total of 404 students. The junior class will be added in fall 2017 with an expected 611 students.

The new high school’s first year with all four classes will have an expected 801 students. Nolensville High’s capacity will be about 1,800 students.

Neighborhoods zoned for Ravenwood High are Taramore and Tuscany Hills as well as future developments Glen Abbey and Morgan Farms.

Neighborhoods zoned for Nolensville High are Benington, Bent Creek, Brittain Downs, Burkitt Place and Village, Catalina and Silver Stream Farms as well as future developments Cromwell, Sherwood Green and Summerlyn.

Brookfield subdivision remains in the RHS zone, as does Southern Woods, Inglehame Farms and Sonoma. Breezeway and Chardonnay near Clovercroft Elementary are also not impacted by the rezoning.

Calculations for elementary, middle and high school levels do not account for future growth or grandfathering.

There are no subdivisions split by the proposed zoning plans. However, future residential development may not take into account the zoning boundaries.

The zoning proposal to go before the school board for a vote on April 21 affects only those families impacted by the new Nolensville schools. The rezoning is not district-wide nor does it take into account any “domino affect” from moving students.

“We’ve had some feedback about a domino effect,” Looney said. “[The plan] does not address any domino effect. I’m not sure how much domino-ing we’ll be doing based on these numbers. It would be a short-term domino effect.”

Looney will discuss rezoning in two public meetings on Thursday. The first will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Nolensville Town Hall. The second will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Sunset Middle cafeteria.

Autumn Leaves in Green Hills

Green Hills is one of the Nashville’s more affluent areas, often chosen by residents who don’t wish a long commute to downtown businesses and three area universities – Vanderbilt, Belmont and Lipscomb Universities (all of which are within a 5-minute drive).
Green Hills is also the home to The Mall at Green Hills, a high-end enclosed shopping center which began as a “strip center” (one of the first two sizable such developments in Nashville) in the early 1950s. Nordstrom and the Apple Store are some of the more recent additions to the mall. Hillsboro Village, with its many interesting shops, is only 3 minutes away.

The Bluebird Cafe, a famous live music venue, is located on Hillsboro Road in Green Hills. Hillsboro High School, located directly across the highway from the Mall, actually predates much of the neighborhood, which began on a small scale in the 1930s but was not highly populated until after World War II. Another public educational institution is Julia Green Elementary School, a primary school. A major private educational institution is Lipscomb University and its associated elementary and high schools. Another is Harpeth Hall School, a prestigious girls’ high school.

Green Hills is in many ways a typical development of its era. It consist primarily of brick-veneer “ranch” style detached houses on large lots In more recent years there has been considerable “infill” as many of the larger lots and other remaining open spaces have been redivided to become the sites of higher-density developments.

Green Hills is one of the Nashville’s more affluent areas, often chosen by residents who don’t wish a long commute to downtown businesses and three area universities – Vanderbilt, Belmont and Lipscomb Universities (all of which are within a 5-minute drive).

Green Hills is also the home to The Mall at Green Hills, a high-end enclosed shopping center which began as a “strip center” (one of the first two sizable such developments in Nashville) in the early 1950s. Nordstrom and the Apple Store are some of the more recent additions to the mall.


Nashville August Events

2-4- Sales Tax Holiday Weekend
2-10- Williamson County Fair
3- Old Crow Medicine Show @ at Fontanel
8- Live on the Green @ Public Square Park
8- Kathy Griffin @ Schermerhorn
10- Tomato 5K in East Nashville
10- Bootlegger’s Bash @ Carnton Plantation
15- Live on the Green @ Public Square Park
16- Highballs & Hydrangeas @ Cheekwood
16- Music City Jerk Chicken Festival
17- Bruno Mars @ Bridgestone
18- One Republic @ The Woods at Fontanel
22- Live on the Green @ Public Square Park
22- Matthew Perryman Jones @ the Belcourt
23- Full Moon Pickin’ Party
23-25- Flea Market @ State Fairgrounds
23-24- Music City Festival & BBQ Championship
24- Preseason Titans v Falcons
24- Sara Barielles @ Ryman
24- Jeffrey Steele @ 3rd & Lindsley
24- Team Hope 5K @ Centennial Park
25- Huey Lewis and the News @ Schermerhorn
27- Summer Picnic @ Centennial Park
29- Live on the Green @ Public Square Park
30 & 31- Sherrie Sheperd @ Zanies
31- American Idol Live! @ Bridgestone
31- Zzzoofari Slumbers @ Nashville Zoo

Franklin Special School District

The FSSD is a K-8 school system with approximately 3,850 students enrolled. Students are served by seven schools: four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, and a K-8 school.

Teacher-pupil ratio requirements, with ratios at: 1 to 20 in kindergarten through third grade, 1 to 22 in fourth grade, and 1 to 25 in grades 5-8.

The Franklin Special School District gets its unique name from a Special Act of the state legislature that provides the Board of Education its own taxing authority, enabling the schools to be funded appropriately in order to maintain “Excellence in Teaching and Learning for All.”

Franklin Special School District


Davidson County School Calendar 2013-2014

8/1 All students report for half-day
8/2 Teachers report for in-service; student do not report
8/5 Grades 1-12 report for full day; half day for PK and K
9/2 Labor Day Holiday
9/4 Progress reports issued
10/4 1st quarter ends
10/7 Teacher planning day; students do not report
10/8-10/11 Intersession
10/14-1018 Fall Break; students do not report
10/21 2nd quarter begins 10/28 Report cards issued
11/1 Parent-teacher conference day; students do not report
11/20 Progress reports issued
11/27-11/29 Thanksgiving Holidays
12/17-12-20 Half day for exams grades 9-12
12/20 Half day for all students; end of 2nd quarter & 1st semester
12/23-1/3 Winter Holidays
1/6 Teacher planning day; students do not report
1/7 3rd quarter begins; all students report
1/13 Report cards issued
1/20 MLK Holiday
2/12 Progress reports issued
2/17 Professional development day; students do not report
3/14 3rd quarter ends
3/17 Teacher planning day; students do not report 3/18-3/21 Intersession
3/24-3/28 Spring break
3/31 4th quarter begins 4/7 Report cards issued
4/18 Spring Holiday
4/23 Progress reports issued 4/30-5/7 TCAP testing
5/26 Memorial Day Holiday
5/27-5/29 Half day for exams grades 9-12
5/30 Half day for all students; end of school year
6/2 Teachers report for in-service; last day for teachers 6/9 Last day for assistant principals

Six days are built into this calendar for inclement weather

Williamson County School Calendar

School Calendar 2013-14 (Adopted 11/26/12)
Williamson County Board of Education

1st Semester = 87 Instructional Days. 2nd Semester = 90 Instructional Days

August 9 – First ½ day for students

August 12- Monday – First Full Student Day

September 2 – Monday – No School

Wednesday – October 9 End of First Quarter Grading Period

Friday & Monday – October 11 & 14 – No School

Wednesday-October 16 – Reports Cards Sent Home

Monday – November 11 – No School

Monday – Friday – November 25-29 – Thanksgiving Holiday

Tuesday-Friday -December 17 – 20. First Semester Exams

Friday – December 20 – Students ½ Day. End of First Semester

Monday – Friday – December 23-Jan 3 -Winter Holiday -No School

Tuesday -January 7 -First Student Day Second Semester

Friday – January 10 -Report Cards Sent Home

Monday -January 20 -Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – No School

Monday – February 17 – No School

Tuesday – March 4 – ACT Exam (Make-ups March 18)

Wednesday – March 12 – End of Third Quarter Grading Period (45 Instruc. Days)

Friday – March 14 – Report Cards Sent Home

Monday – Friday – March 17 – 21 Spring Break

Friday – April 18 Spring Holiday – No School

Monday – Friday – May 5 – May 9 – TCAP Test

Monday – Thursday – May 19 – 22 – Semester Exams

Thursday – May 22 – Students ½ Day Last Day of School


Triathlon Training Sessions…Williamson County Parks & Recreation

Train in Franklin, Spring Hill, Fairview or Brentwood for September Event

Williamson County Parks and Recreation is offering a series of triathlon training sessions throughout the county for kids ages 8 to 12. These sessions are designed to provide cross training experience and help kids prepare for participation in competitive events like the Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department’s Half-Pint Triathlon scheduled for September 7, 2013 at the Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Rd.

Training Schedule

July 11: 6:30 p.m., Swim, Franklin Recreation Complex

July 18: 6:30 p.m., Run, Longview Recreation Center at Spring Hill

July 25: 6:30 p.m., Bike/Run, Fairview Recreation Center

July 27: 8:30 a.m. or 2:00 p.m., Swim, Longview Recreation Center at Spring Hill

August 1: 6:30 p.m., Swim/Bike/Run, Indoor Sports Complex, Brentwood

August 8: 6:30 p.m., Bike/Run, Franklin Recreation Complex

August 15, 6:30 p.m., Swim, Longview Recreation Center at Spring Hill

August 29, 6:30 p.m., Swim, Fairview Recreation Complex

September 5, 6:30 p.m., Race Simulation, Franklin Recreation Complex

All sessions are $5 per child, per location, and course support will be provided during these training times. For register for a session or for more information, contact Randianne Sears at (615) 302-0971, ext. 2213. A comprehensive training schedule can be found at HYPERLINK “http://www.wcparksandrec.com” www.wcparksandrec.com.


Clovercroft Elementary, Franklin, TN

Clovercroft Elementary started off the 2012-2013 school year earning a trophy for being the highest academic achievement in WCS

The teaching staff, the front office staff, the teaching assistants, the Parent Teacher Organization, the Student Council, parents and of course the students all work together to make Clovercroft a special place of learning. The partnership between home and school cannot be underestimated in its affect upon the students who ultimately move on to further their academic careers. (Principles message).


– Nearly 100% attendance at parent-teacher conferences
– PTO purchased 5 IPads for the school
– PTO raised enough money to purchase a mobile computer cart with laptops
– Our PTO hosted many events to build community spirit – Moms and Muffins, Dads
and Donuts, Daddy/Daughter Dance, Mother/Son event, class parties
– A steady and dedicated volunteer force that helped in classrooms, the workroom,
office, lunchroom, library, art room, music room, PTO events, etc.
– A student who made it to the statewide Geography Bee
– Student clubs focused on serving our community by recycling, cleaning and
gathering clothes, food, and money for communities in need

Clovercroft Elementary is located near the intersection of Wilson Pike and Clovercroft Road.
It is walkable from Breezeway and Chardonnay subdivisions.